Hospital and state leaders join forces to save funding for health care
Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey joined the Minnesota Hospital Association and CEOs from more than 20 hospitals and health systems across the state on May 2 to emphasize the importance of Minnesota’s Health Care Access Fund. Governor Walz’s proposed budget would continue the provider tax that supports the fund, which helps pay for health care for 1.2 million Minnesotans. The Senate has approved a bill that would allow the 2% tax to end.
Fergus Falls care leaders share benefits of health care fund to community
Local elected officials, hospital administrators and health care providers participated in a roundtable discussion on health care April 30 led by Governor Tim Walz. The group told Governor Tim Walz and Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey that a 27-year-old tax on providers is important to providing health care to residents in their community and to keeping the hospital strong. Governor Walz has proposed continuing the tax.
Governor’s proposal would continue, expand promising mental health model
A successful new mental health model being piloted at six sites is at risk. State officials visited one of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to highlight the value of the model, which combines substance use disorder treatment, mental health care and a range of other services under one roof. Governor Walz’s budget proposes building on the program, which served more than 17,000 children and adults in the first year.